This year (unlike last) I’m going to post regular updates on my goal progress.
Here are my goals for 2013 and the progress (or lack thereof) I made in January, along with next steps.
Save up half a down payment. We started 2013 going backwards on this goal. Between 4-figure car repairs (turns out we had several years worth of deferred maintenance on our minivan, and doing that all at once is pricey) and a cracked pipe in our old house, we dipped into our savings instead of adding to it. Not a great start to the year, but thank goodness for emergency funds!
Next step: reassess how much we’ll need to put away monthly to meet our goal, since January didn’t go according to plan.
Health and Fitness:
Complete a Whole 30. Done! This was so worthwhile. Read my complicated thoughts on it here. I’m sharing a more objective, less complicated recap (including what happened when I re-introduced coffee and wine) later this week.
Next step: plan another Whole 30 and put it on the calendar. I needed this nutritional “reset,” and I need to do it more than once a year to keep bad habits from creeping up on me. I’m eyeing April as a good month, or July if that seems too soon.
Practice yoga once a week. I’m loving Jennifer Hoffman’s yoga videos. I’ve actually increased to 2x/week because I feel so great when I do it.
Next step: I’m eyeing increasing to 3x/week, because Jen says that’s where the real benefits come in. A
Do one pull-up. I put a pull-up bar by our bathroom, so I think about this goal all the time. I’ve been consistently practicing, and I’m obviously getting stronger. I’m encouraged by how I can definitely tell a difference after just one month.
Next step: practice, practice, practice.
8:30 2k row. I told you I suspected this goal would be tough. I set my baseline on January 2; it was 10:28. On January 31 I hit 9:29.3. The advantage of being untrained is that you make rapid improvement.
Next step: post a training plan by the rower to log my workouts and track my progress.
Write something every day. I’m not sure if I’ve actually hit this every day, I’m not checking the boxes like Jerry Seinfeld or anything. Maybe I should? I have written every day even if I haven’t completed something every day. Two things that have made this easier: my husband built me a writing desk, and my morning routine.
Next step: make plans to guest post for March and beyond. (Got any ideas for blogs that would be a great fit? I’m listening.)
Read 3 books about the craft of writing. Nothing yet. That’s okay.
Next step: I’m taking a writing course, and I just picked up the assigned reading: When We Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams.
Try new things. I introduced the Twitterature link-up (next date: February 15) and brainstormed an email series. (More info on that soon!)
Next step: figure out the topic for my next video blog. What do you want to hear about?
Hit up another conference (or two or three). I bought my ticket for Killer Tribes, happening in March in Atlanta.
Celebrate Special Breakfasts. This has been a smashing success so far. Simple, easy, much appreciated.
Next step: plan ahead for Valentine’s Day.
Print photographs quarterly. Nothing yet, but I have been taking pictures, and importantly–taking them off my camera!
Next step: figure out how I’m going to organize my pictures. I’m considering using this method from Hollywood Housewife.
Next step: keep it up!
Read 1 fiction book a month. I’m finding that if I get fiction into the house, I read it. It also helps that I decided to read fiction before bed. January favorites were The Giver and The Wednesday Wars; I’m also working my way through the Betsy-Tacy books.
Next step: keep it up!
Say yes to get-togethers with friends. I’m off to a good start on this one.
Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. I’m scheming on this one.
Use my weekends well. We’re finding our feet on this one; details here.
Learn to use my camera. First step: keep my DSLR camera handy so I actually do use it. My husband also gave me a new lens for Christmas and I’ve had lots of fun playing around with it.
Next step: read the manual in February.
Go on a family camping trip. Nothing yet.
Next step: I’m not thinking about this till spring.
My Big Fuzzy Goal:
Cultivate a warmer atmosphere in my home in 2013. I did great on this one in January, because of my Whole 30. I’m not even kidding. I felt amazing, so it was easy to be patient, kind, and cheerful. I was shocked at how my Whole 30 directly impacted the atmosphere in my home, but there it is.
How are you coming on your 2013 goals? (If you haven’t set any yet, it’s not too late!)
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